Panacea Restaurant - is it the right remedy?

Panacea, 72-74 Halifax Street, Adelaide, 5000

After being on a bit of an 'eat-out' hiatus, I (Mirko) decided to catch up with some friends of mine (Laura and Natasha) for a Friday night dinner. With Entertainment Card in hand we headed to Panacea for dinner.

Panacea's has a relaxed, casual feel with an 'outdoor' inside area with a fireplace that is great for cold winter's nights.

Panacea's menu is split into tapas, tasting plates, sharing plates, sides, mains and pizza. We opted for some sharing plates and pizza to ensure that we got a chance to taste a number of different items.

Panacea, Adelaide, Food, Halifax Street
Scallops (x4) - $19
First on the menu, the scallops. Scallops were cooked well with the right amount of give when biting into them. Very lightly seasoned to let the natural flavours of the scallop come through, this was a good start to the evening.

Panacea, Adelaide, Food, Halifax Street
Cous-cous salad, baby spinach, chilli, garlic, pepitas and sultanas - $16
We opted for two different sides. Side one, was a cous-cous salad. Cous-cous was light and fluffy with a very delicate flavour. The feta added a salty component which was balanced with the sweet sultana. The addition of pepitas and sultana also added different textural elements.

Panacea, Adelaide, Food, Halifax Street
Patatas Bravas - fresh salsa and sherry vinegar - $12
Second side of the night was the patatas bravas. Whilst these were nice with a slight acidity from the sherry vinegar, they were underwhelming and didn't deliver on the 'crispy' texture that menu had promised.

Panacea, Adelaide, Food, Halifax Street
Pork belly - $18
Next on the menu was the pork belly. Now, I am a fan of pork belly so was expecting a lot from this dish....and sad to say, I was a little disappointed. Whilst the pork belly was seasoned and cooked well, the skin was not as crispy as it should have been and overall, I have had better. I would gladly pay a little more and get the pork belly at Press* which I much prefer.

Panacea, Adelaide, Food, Halifax Street
Salami Pizza - $27
Final on the menu was the salami pizza. The pizza base was cooked well, was a good thickness and the salami had a nice kick of heat. All-in-all, a nice pizza, but nothing special. And for the $27 price tag I could get more at a specialist pizzeria (i.e. Pizza e Mozzarella et al).

In total, our meal (inclusive of drinks) was approximately $160 but with the Entertainment Card, it worked out to be about $130. Overall, the items were decently priced but for the same price point I would consider eating elsewhere next time.

Ambiance - 3.5/5: Great casual feel and loved the outside/in space
Service - 3/5
Food - 6/10: Solid dishes but nothing special

Overall, Mirko gives Panacea 12.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

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